Aides then had Romer correspond directly with influential economic writers who were chasing Victor's scoop. Two points she made: yes, of course she's frustrated at the pace of the economy--and who isn't? Also: far from being her antagonist, Larry Summers has become one of her "dearest friends."
The two had differences of opinion on several issues but they're generally on the same page as regards the wisdom of the stimulus package, the advisability of more targeted spending to boost demand, and the need to keep state governments from becoming insolvent.
Check the comment section on Hotline On Call, and you'll get a sense of how challenging it is for the White House to contain a story once it breaks. Larry Summers is the bad guy; HE should have been forced out; HE hates women; he's muscling women who have good advice out of the way; why is the president so reliant on him and Tim Geithner, anyway?
Summers was the worst pick ever, along with that weasel Geithner and
Rahm "Karl Rove" Emanuel. At least Romer was a progressive voice to
counter the the Harvard/Chicago axis that represents Goldman Sachs,
Wall St and the kind of unfettered, unregulated, "free"-market larceny
that has been eroding this country's economic vitality for 30 years,
while making the rich much richer still. Summers and company are the
same ding-dongs and charlatans posing as economic gurus who have
enabled the on-going plunder of America
The person writing this could be a world-renown policy expert or someone with great insight into the motivations of the White House economic team. Or, he or she could be a crank. One would not know from reading the commentators' post that Summers is among the most forceful advocates for more spending...that Summers and Romer were among those who pushed the Senate and the House to consider a state bailout bill that, two weeks ago, had no chance at passing.
Other commentators pivot to the frustrations of the middle class -- the sense that the economy is not recovering, that no matter the reasons behind the Wall Street bailout, the bad guys got rewarded for bad behavior and regular folks got shafted.
In Washington, no one simply decides to leave a job. One is either "pushed" out, or one forcibly extracts oneself because of significant policy or personal differences. Anything in between these two poles is not conducive to how politics is done, so no one tends to believe it. Romer says she wants to return to Berkeley before the new school term begins. The average tenure for someone in her post is just about the time she's spent in it. Perhaps one should take her at her word.